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KUWAIT: In a bid to place Kuwaitis in leading positions, the Ministry of Education recently terminated the contracts of all expatriate heads of department (HoDs) working in Ahmadi educational area schools who were in service for 25 years or more. In this regard, MoE’s Human Resources Manager, Soud Al-Juwaiser asked Ahmadi Educational Zone Director, Mona Al-Sallal to inform all concerned employees and get their signature on notification letters to avoid any possible legal claims. Al-Juwaiser added that terminated expatriates would get the legal termination notice as per the contract signed with them.

Meanwhile, informed sources expressed amazement at delaying such notifications till October while the ministry should have notified the concerned teachers by the end of last year so that they could make proper arrangements instead of starting the school year as usual, especially since many of them book round tickets because they know they will still be working the following year. “Those who have been in service for 25 years should be rewarded instead of being punished in this way”, stressed the sources pointing out that the delay in notifying the concerned employees and appointing their replacements would create a great deal of confusion, especially since the ministry was still suffering the aftermath of forcing citizens with more than 35 years of service to retire. Notably, MoE tends to Kuwaitize educational jobs through a plan set in collaboration with teachers colleges to qualify enough Kuwaitis to teach various subjects in a bid to reduce dependence on expatriate teachers.

KUWAIT: As Eid Al-Adha approaches, prices of sheep is getting higher causing a big dent in the citizens’ wallets, hence, they called on concerned authorities to control these prices within a reasonable limit.

In separate interviews, the citizens complained that there was an unjustified rise in sheep prices this Eid Al-Adha, which literally means ‘Festival of the sacrifice’ in Arabic. For this reason, buying sheep for sacrifice was a common preparation among all families.

Saad Al-Senafi said people would not be able to perform this Islamic ritual and purchase overly-priced sheep due to some traders’ exploitation. “If you walk around the market, you will notice the absence of any control over prices,” he added.

Meanwhile, Abdulkareem Al-Turki shockingly said “It is impossible to comprehend that a sheep that weighs less than 20 kilograms is sold for KD 130.” He added that prices would even go higher, as the Eid came closer.

On his part, Nayef Al-Daihani said it was natural that prices got higher since the supply of sheep in the market was low; thus, some traders took advantage of this “supply and demand” situation, especially in the absence of any price control.

Fahad Salmeen suggested that the best solution to curb the rise in prices was to create a penalizing system and flooding the market with cattle. Ali Al-Hamli said that he resorted to charitable organizations to buy sheep where he had to pay a small amount of money that did not exceed KD 25.

Sheep traders, on their part, said that the rise of prices was not only limited to Kuwait, but it also affected various countries. The type, size, weight and the breeding of sheep are another determining factors of their prices. — KUNA

KUWAIT: The Historical, Vintage, and Classic Cars Museum launched a new racing track called ‘Serb’ at its premises in Shuwaikh last Thursday. This event was  attended by hundreds of motorsport fans and  kicked off from the Jumeirah Hotel in Messilah with a car parade on Gulf Road which included sports and classic cars and motorcycles.

The vehicles participating in the car parade were from different groups including the Muscle Cars, Old Cars Team, Japanese Classic Cars Team, Porsche, Corvette, Camaro, and Charger groups, and the 2000 S team. The Kuwait Riders team also participated.

At the track, the spectators enjoyed a show presented by a group of special sports cars from different brands and agents. This was followed by an exciting show presented by popular Kuwaiti champions in car racing including rally, drag racing, drifting, and karting. Motorcycle riders also presented an attention-grabbing show on the track.

On this occasion, General Manager of the Car Museum Mustafa Makhseed noted that launching the track will improve the general standard of motorsports in Kuwait. “This track was sponsored and launched by Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed who always cares about champions, especially in this field. This encourages us at the museum to work harder and improve motorsports in Kuwait,” he said.

Zakariya Dashti, CEO of the Museum expressed his happiness with the track. “The Serb Track was a dream that has finally come true. We are proud of this achievement, thanks to the generous donation of Sheikh Nasser. This track will be the ideal place for car fans to practice their hobby. This track will raise a new generation of champions and the doors will always be open for everybody,” he pointed out.

The event concluded with a ceremony held to honor 70 Kuwaiti champions from various motorsports. They received trophies and certificates for their special achievements. Historical, Vintage & Classic Cars Museum is located in Shuwaikh Industrial Area, Block 1, Street 49.
By Nawara Fattahova

KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior has embarked on a media plan to raise public awareness about security and traffic precautions for the week-long Eid Al-Adha holidays. “The plan aims to guide citizens and residents about the security and traffic precautions necessary to secure their safety and enjoyment during the holiday,” Head of the Ministry of Interior’s Moral Guidance and Public Relations Department Col Adel Al-Hashash told reporters yesterday.

With the actual holiday starting with the Day of Arafah on Monday followed by three days of Eid, the Cabinet decided to declare Sunday a holiday as well, thus giving the country a whole week off. Al-Hashash, also Acting Head of the Security Media Department, pointed out that safety instructions will be broadcast and published accross local private and public and electronic media.

“Moreover, they will be posted on social networking websites and sent to people’s mobile phones in the form of SMS messages,” he said, adding that the campaign will last throughout the holiday.

During this period, police will be on high alert across the nation and the emergency hotline, 112, is ready to receive their distress calls, which it will tackle immediately as the ministry has set a comprehensive plan to guarantee the public’s safety to help them enjoy the celebrations responsibly. The plan includes an intensive deployment of police personnel on main roads with patrol vehicles deployed in main destinations, particularly in those attracting large crowds. — KUNA

KUWAIT: Search is on for a domestic worker accused of stealing her employer’s passport as well as KD800 before escaping. The incident took place in Khaitan where a Kuwaiti woman returned to her apartment and found out that her four children were locked inside a room with the key left near the door. She immediately unlocked the door and found her children in a terrorized state. She looked for the housemaid who she had entrusted the children with but couldn’t find them. She then checked the Indian maid’s room and discovered that she had taken her passport and ran away. The woman then checked her own bedroom and found out that her own passport and KD800 in cash were missing. She headed to the area’s police station immediately and filed a case.

KUWAIT: Every year before Eid Al-Adha, the market price of cattle like sheep, goats, lambs or cows increase owing to high demand. Cattle is bought for the customary sacrifice and subsequent distribution amongst poorer Muslims. Every year, cattle prices get hiked and this year is no exception. The origin and kind of cattle plays a very important role in determining the price. Prices also differ from one company and trader to another. There are many reasons for price hikes. “The political situation in Syria affected the cattle industry in Kuwait.

The decrease in the availability of cattle, especially sheep, has forced people in Kuwait to opt for a local breed despite being expensive. The price hike of fodder from KD 2.5 to KD 4.75 is also another reason for the hike” said Salah Al-Hatem who has been breeding sheep for almost a year. Different kinds of sheep mean different rates. “People always complain of high prices. So if they just want to sacrifice out of religious obligation, they can pick a cheaper kind. I sell the Australian variety at KD 60-70, hybrid ones at KD 85, Iranian variety at KD 90, Shfali from Iraq at KD 100, and the most expensive being Arabic Naeimi which costs KD 150- 160. The price depends on the day it’s sold, the most expensive being on Waqfa day after which the price drops around Eid,” Al-Hatem told the Kuwait Times.

Al-Hatem explained that the seller plays an important role as it is difficult and sometimes impossible for most people to recognize the sheep’s breed and in such cases, they’re taken for a ride by the seller. Prices are also determined by the meat’s taste and age plays an important role as younger sheep are considered more delicious, which automatically makes it more expensive than an adult. If the sheep was bred in Kuwait, no matter where it is bought from, it will have a local flavor. Homoud Al-Mutairi from the Marai National Company said he has local breed sheep but doesn’t have any from Saudi or Australia. “We used to have Australian sheep, but after the Australian Sheep Protection Committee banned slaughtering sheep outside the slaughter houses, we are not allowed to sell them to any third party, except for the charity organization we’re dealing with.

There is a ban on importing Saudi sheep, so we sell Shfali sheep instead. But unfortunately, shipment has been delayed and the breed is still not available. The Syrian variety is available as we imported them almost three months in advance. It’s been about a month now and Syrian sheep isn’t being imported into the country” he pointed out. According to him, there isn’t a huge difference in the price compared to last year. “The increase in price is less than 10 percent, which is about KD 4-6 in our company.

The most popular sheep variety now are the Shfali, Syrian, Jordanian, and Iranian apart from other local ones. We are cooperating with charities who buy the sheep and distribute them to families in need. We maintain the same prices on all days because we don’t want to exploit people and we also provide delivery options for our customers” said Al-Mutairi

By Nawara Fattahova

KUWAIT: Capital municipality emergency team inspected several cooperatives and food stores in Shuwaikh residential areas. Head of the emergency team Tariq Al-Qattan said the emergency teams work round the clock and during Eid days to inspect foods in restaurants and workers.

He said the team removed congratulatory ads that are abundant in Sulaibikhat, Rawdha, and Qairawan. Al-Qattan said complaints are received on the hotline 1855555 in case of any complaint related to food. He said the inspection campaign resulted in issuing 10 citations related to displaying food material outside the shop, selling expired material and lack of health certificates. He said that 60 kg of cheese, tahina sweet, mayonnaise, canned vegetables and mushroom were confiscated.

In Hawally, a campaign resulted in issuing one citation for a worker with expired health license and destruction of 7.5 kg of expired chocolate, 12 kg of industrial gelatine used in making cake and citations for employing workers without health license

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